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OSLO: June 20, 2018. Turkish Cargo has begun delivering 600 tonnes of Salihli cherries to 1,600 grocery stores throughout Norway via an A330 freighter.

THY CARGO CherriesThe cherries are grown in Izmir, Manisa, Isparta, Adana, Konya and Kahramanmaras at elevations between 500 and 2500 metres in Turkey’s Toros mountains and is distinguished by its flavor, enduring strain and stalk length.

After picking and sorting the fruit based on size and quality, the cherries are loaded into air-conditioned vehicles and delivered to Istanbul’s Ataturk Airtport. Total journey time from farm to Norway is less than nine hours, according to the airline.

Perishables exporter Veysel Tuysuz commented: “In the past our trucks, carrying our cherries to Norway, would arrive in six days. Our cherries would become deprived of their quality and become rotten due to the prolonged shipment time. But now, we have that period reduced to six hours, and all of our products are sold in the shelves in Norway within 6 days.

“On year-on-year basis we have not only increased our exportation by 30 percent but also received demands from eight new countries. The speed and capacity advantage offered by Turkish Cargo is a great opportunity for us,” he added.

The cherry harvest lasts from June to August.

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